Published: Wed, February 20, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Roger Stone ordered back to court over crosshairs Instagram photo

Roger Stone ordered back to court over crosshairs Instagram photo

The original post also contained a crosshair next to the judge's head, though Stone would later write that it wasn't meant to "somehow threaten the Judge or disrespect court".

On Monday, Stone posted an image of Berman on Instagram to promote to his legal defense fund.

"I took it down because it was open to misinterpretation and there's a thousand stories now from the usual suspects saying, Roger Stone posted a photo of Judge Jackson with a crosshairs on it", he said.

Stone later said that the picture had been "misinterpreted" and that any suggestion he meant to threaten Jackson was "categorically false".

Stone was indicted in January by a grand jury on charges brought forward by Mueller, who alleges that Stone sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could have damaged Trump's opponents in the 2016 presidential election while in coordination with senior Trump campaign officials. "That is false. That was not my intention, and I apologize if anyone got that impression".

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The photo has since been taken down from his Instagram account, but Mediaite posted a screenshot of it. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson's face is in the photo.

The caption that accompanied the photo of Jackson alluded to legal machinations by the "Deep State" that had set Stone up for a "show trial" in Jackson's court.

Stone was arrested last month and is the sixth Trump aide or adviser charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He also said the image was not of cross hairs, but rather, the "logo of an organization" often featured in many photos. As Politico noted, the order bars all parties involved from speaking about the case near the courthouse in Washington D.C. "Stone recognizes the impropriety and had it removed", Stone's lawyers wrote to the court.

Stone has denied the charges against him, and claims that his communications with WikiLeaks and Russian hackers Guccifer 2.0 were "innocuous" in a statement Friday.

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